CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WMBD) — Here is where you can go to celebrate the 4th of July Monday.


  • The Peoria Jaycees Firecracker 5000: The Firecracker 5000 is a 3.1-mile run/walk through downtown Peoria. It starts at 311 SW Water Street at 7:30 a.m. Those interested in registering can do so here.
  • The West Peoria 50th Annual 4th of July Parade: The City of West Peoria will hold its 50th annual 4th of July Parade at 10 a.m. rain or shine. The parade is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
  • The Peoria Historical Society events: The Peoria Historical Society will be hosting a performance of the Peoria Pops Orchestra from noon to 2 p.m. at the grounds of Pettengill-Morron House Museum, 1212 W. Moss Ave. Ice cream and beverages will be offered on a donation basis. Beginning at 6 p.m. the grounds of the John C. Flanagan House Museum, 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. will be open for picnicking and fireworks viewing from the bluffs overlooking the Illinois River. Admission will be $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12.


  • 4th Annual Red White and Blue Two-Person Golf Tournament: The two-person golf tournament will be held at The Den at Fox Creek at 8 a.m. The golf tournament will play six holes, each with its own unique format. It will cost $65 a person, which will cover golf, the cart, range balls, lunch, tee gift, and the course event. Space is limited to 48 teams.
  • Miller Park 4th of July Classic Car Cruise Celebration and Fireworks: The free event will be held at Miller Park, located at 1020 S. Morris Ave., Bloomington, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The community is encouraged to visit Miller Park to view antique, classic, race and new cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Fireworks are expected to begin at dusk.
  • Towanda 4th of July Celebration: The celebration will start at 6 p.m. on July 3 at the Towanda Township Building. On Sunday Towanda will host Dance Under The Stars from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. fireworks will start at dusk. A parade will be held at 10 a.m. on July 4.
  • Chenoa 4th of July: The City of Chenoa will host a parade starting at 2 p.m. Afterward, fireworks will take place at dusk/9:30ish. Officials asked the community to be in their spots to watch the fireworks by 9:15-9:30 p.m.


  • Red White and Boom: The UnityPoint Health Red White and BOOM Brought Home by Adam Merrick Real Estate on the Peoria and East Peoria riverfront will start with the 182nd airlift wing of the Illinois Air National Guard out of Peoria performing a flyover at 9:10 p.m. This will be followed by a tribute to first responders. The fireworks display will start at 9:30 p.m. Sparklers are prohibited in RiverFront Park.
  • Morton Community Independence Day Celebration: The celebration will be held on July 3 at dusk at McClallen Park at 401 N. Tennessee Ave. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the live music and food.


  • Eureka July 4th Fireworks: The event will start at dusk on July 4 at Lake Eureka Park at 200 Lake Road. Admission is free. The event will have live music, inflatables, photo booths, dunk tanks and more.
  • Roanoke Celebration: The celebration will be held on July 3 on Main Street. Fireworks will start at dusk.


  • Havana July 4th Celebration: Fireworks will start at dusk at Riverfront Park on July 2. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


  • Big Bang Boom: Galesburg Parks and Recreation will be hosting Big Bang Boom at Lake Storey Park on July 4. Fireworks will begin at dusk. Fireworks will be launched on the south side of the lake, and residents are encouraged to watch from the north side of the lake.

Bus riders in Central Illinois may be disappointed to learn Connect Transit services will not operate on July 4. Normal bus operating hours will continue on July 5.

This is not a complete list, and more events will be added as we learn about them. Some events could be subject to change due to the weather.